Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another Day, More Burning

I'd like to try to describe what the 'throat changes' feel like.  First, they are not really in my throat; they are in my esophagus.  Although sometimes, the act of swallowing can be a major pain, it is fleeting, and I can deal with it.

The weird burning thing doesn't necessarily happen when I eat, although it can if I make a poor choice in what I'm eating.  But many times, it just ... happens.  It feels raw; and not unlike acid reflux, but without the acid.  Maybe this is what heartburn feels like, only exponentially worse.  I certainly do understand why they stop treatments to let you heal up for a while.  I got lulled into a false sense of security because the radiation itself doesn't have any sensation at all.  the machine makes some cool noises, although the actual zzzzzzzzzzzzzap buzzing sound isn't my favorite sound of all time.

I guess, though, some of it really IS in my throat.  The topmost tattoo sits center of my chest, just above my cleavage.  I believe that's where the radiation is targeting the two involved lymph nodes.

But I had a great breakfast today; Bob's Red Mill Muesli.  Jane and I had it warm with milk.  Yum.  Tons of great grains and I can deal with raisins when they are plumped up with milk. :) 

Well, that's it for today.  The sun is out, my bougainvillea is looking FANTASTIC just outside my bedroom door, and all is right with the world...that's in my back yard, anyway.

Love to all!

5 comments:

  1. my mum died 29 years ago from lung cancer. Back then there was no chemo, only high doses of radiation. She too had the tattoos on her chest and neck. The radiation just burned the bejesus out of her skin. I remember seeing her right after a dose and she was delerious, oh how things have moved on since then????? somewhat anyway. I guess what they say is true, they have to take you to the brink to be able to bring you back and let you heal. Look at Michael Douglas, he seems to making a remarkable recovery. It is one day at a time sweetie, one foot in front of the other. I do believe that eating properly and having a great disposition, no matter how scared you may feel inside does wonders. Gets them feel good hormones coursing thru your veins and makes you feel like you can take on the world. You have to be able to laugh, there is something funny in everything, you just have to find it, it is amazing how good it makes you feel.
    Later
    Fay in the basement (but not for long ;))

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  2. I AM OUT OF THE BASEMENT WOO HOO

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  3. YAY for getting out of the basement!!! Have your husband check your toes for frostbite! :)

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  4. It is snowing here today. They are calling for 2" but the sky is saying something else. Our dog lucy is totally bemused. She is a 7 year AZ dog and did not want to go out, she totally backed away from the door.
    Fay from the nice warm family room :D

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  5. Ooh, poor Lucy! It's raining here today, and my dogs don't even want to deal with THAT. :D

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